The Yomiuri Giants beat Kenta Maeda in a close game again, and this time he helped them do it.

Takehiro Donoue spiced up his season debut with a game-tying double in the seventh, and Maeda threw a wild pitch that allowed the tiebreaking run to come home later in the inning as the Giants rallied for a 2-1 win in front of the 44,132 who braved the threat of an approaching typhoon on Tuesday night at Tokyo Dome.

"I had a feeling about Donoue and decided to start him tonight," Giants manager Tatsunori Hara said. "I'm glad I did. His two-base hit tied the game and set up our victory."